Archive for October, 2012


Sample Exam

Here is that really good sample exam I gave you today (in case you misplace it!)

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Documents/exams/psychology/psych2-samp-w.pdf

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Brains Differ

Very interesting article:

 

What’s the difference between these two brains?

They both belong to three-year-olds, so why is one so much bigger? Because one was loved by its parents and the other neglected – a fact that has dramatic implications

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/9637682/Whats-the-difference-between-these-two-brains.html

As you prepare for exams

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Goodbye

I just wanted to say that it has been a joy teaching you this year!

I have really enjoyed our classes.

You’re a fantastic group of students and I love the fun we have together 🙂

I’ve really enjoyed seeing you all learn and grow.

I love seeing you get excited about things and I hope you can carry that with you into all aspects of your future life.

Do what you love, put in your best effort and you’ll be on a good track.

Life won’t always be easy, but your positive attitude to it will make it easier.

God bless.

Miss O

P.S.  Here is a letter I wrote you a while back.

Past Exams

Here is the link to all past psychology exams.

http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/psychology/exams.aspx

Science is Awesome!

If an 11 year old can do it, so can you! Science rocks!

11-year-old Iggy just won the nation’s most prestigious school science award for an experiment conducted in his backyard chook pen (3 minute video).
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-12/smart-fox-in-the-hen-house/4308226

Nobel Prize

Two American scientists have won the Chemistry Nobel Prize for their work concerning the “fight or flight” response.

When they were informed of the news, they screamed and ran away.

Rosenhan Experiment

Here is the video we watched in class this week about the Rosenhan experiment.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Here are some helpful links to help you better understand what CBT is:

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Cognitive_behaviour_therapy

http://www.cbtaustralia.com.au

However, be careful to assess what you read and not to blindly believe everything you read on the net!  Make sure nothing contradicts your textbook, coz that’s what the exam is based on!

Allostasis

Some people seem to be struggling with the definition of ‘Allostasis’.  Hopefully this will help!

 

Allostasis is the process of achieving stability, or homeostasis, through physiological or behavioral change.  This can be carried out by means of alteration in HPA axis hormones, the autonomic nervous system, or a number of other systems, and is generally adaptive in the short term.  Allostasis is essential in order to maintain internal viability amid changing conditions.